Does the waste policy regarding the JW modifier apply to radiopharmaceuticals?
Effective January 1, 2017, the JW modifier is required on all Medicare claims to identify wasted single-use drug vials; however, this waste policy does NOT apply to radiopharmaceuticals. When billing, you must report the waste on a separate line from the patient-administered dose.
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